S4C Welsh Open Coverage

Fencing is a sport which is nowhere near as widely reported as others. For example last Sunday Richard Kruse won a silver medal at the Turin Grand Prix and I’m yet to see it reported on the BBC Sport website. That’s why I get excited when fencing is shown on any major television channel, whether it’s the BBC’s Olympic Coverage or the World Cup highlights on Eurosport. It’s even nicer when it’s in my first language, Welsh. On the 22nd of November 2015, S4C broadcast and episode of Clwb (Club) which had a segment on the Welsh Open Championships. Personally I felt they showed a good selection of highlights while the introduction was accessible to all and didn’t resort to cliches. But don’t take my word for it, watch it for your self while I’ve translated and time coded it underneath if you can’t speak Welsh:

Reporter (apologies I don’t know her name)

0:03 “One of only four sports that has appeared in every Summer Olympics since 1896. Fencing is one of the oldest and most popular sports in the world. At the Welsh Open in Cardiff it was quite obvious that the sport is very popular here in Wales too.”

0:38 Mr Ridsdale himself, talking in English

Back to the Reporter

1:00 “Fencing is a sport that asks for fitness, speed, strength, stamina and quick thinking. And you need special equipment.”

1:12 Celyn talking “My mask is a white leopard bringing my favourite animal into the sport. It helps me as it can distract the opponent and make them a little scared. With usual masks, you can see through them and spot facial expressions. And with this mask you can’t see through it so easily. When we fence you can see where you want to hit, so you see where they want but with this you can’t. I am now referred to as the white leopard or the animal”

Back to the Reporter

2:00 “There are three different types of fencing and they all have their own individual rules and strategies. The Foil is the lightest of the three and you can only score by striking the body of your opponent with the front of the sword. In a competition everyone competes while connected to a wire, so there’s a way to see and hear if a point has been scored”

2:27 “There were two exciting rounds in female foil with Amber Moss succeeding to beat Anna Lee 15-14. Before Costanza Peretti beat Rachel Kwok from 15-10 and I think she was happy with her performance. In the final Peretti was on fire and was too strong for Moss winning 15-10 to take the trophy.”

3:24 Costanza talking in English.

Back to the Reporter

3:33 “In the Men’s Final, Welshman and the main seed, Glen Ostacchini was too strong for Luke Deamer by winning 15-9. With possible thanks to his special diet.” (Spoiler Alert: Olives)

3:50 Glen talking in English

Back to the Reporter

4:04 “The Sabre is different compared to the two other weapons as there’s a way to score with the side of the blade as well as the front. And you can score by hitting any part of body above the waist, including the head. In the Women’s final Emily Ruaux from Rivington Park, Bolton faced Izabela Sosnowska from Exeter City. And Ruaux, who’s a member of the British team, had the better in an exciting final, winning 15-13.”

4:57 “In the men’s competition the two main seeds William Deary and Soji Aiyenuro succeeded in reaching the final. And in a match full of tension, Aiyenuro had an early yellow card for moving too early. Like you’d expect from the two main seeds the match was very exciting. But with the tension mounting Aiyenuro got another yellow card at the worst time possible. With the resulting penalty, a point, meaning Deary walks away with the trophy.” (Result was 15–10)

6:00 “The Epee is the heaviest of the weapons and despite the fact you can only score with the front of the weapon the whole body is target. Mhairi Spence managed to beat the main seed on the way to the final. But unfortunately for the Scottish Pentathlete who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, Amy Radford from Cardiff University was too strong. One of the most exciting and disputed bouts of the weekend happened in the Men’s Epee final. The Welshman Tom Edwards was facing Matt Henderson from England, and like every contest between both camps from the two countries every point was disputed. Henderson was penalised with a yellow early on before Edwards also found his name in the referee’s book. The bout was of the highest order and with the scores tied at 14 each Henderson got the all-important point. But Edwards wasn’t happy with the final point insisting that the referee should have called halt. No, the Welshman wasn’t happy at all to have lost on his own turf.”

8:16 Tom and Matt’s reflections

Back to the Reporter

8:49 “A successful weekend of Fencing in Cardiff. To Henderson and to all the successful winners of the 2015 championship.”


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